Friday, May 19, 2006

I confess.  I can not remember the last time I saw a movie in a theater.  I confess.  I have absolutely no interest in viewing The Da Vinci Code.  I wasn’t going to bother with it on this blog or anywhere else.  However, for some reason for the last week plus the opening of the movie has been in the national news, local news, and the Peoria Journal Star.  

I did read the book.  My copy has the copyright date as 2003.  It says it is a first edition.  I imagine that I read it in 2003 or early 2004.  It’s not that I had a special desire to particularly read that specific book.  I had written my own historical novel and I thought I should read other books to get an idea of what others had published.  I don’t normally read fiction although I did when I was in junior high school and high school.  If I remember correctly, I read four or five books of fiction a couple of years ago to get an idea of what had been recently written.  

Although parts of the book were interesting I thought he misused and abused the use of misdirection.  He used it three times in critical situations in the book.  The first instance I thought was plausible.  The second was unrealistic.  The third time was ridiculous.  If I had been the villain, the hero would have been dead before he could have attempted the third instance of misdirection.  The hero was fortunate the villain did not have Special Forces training.

The Peoria Journal Star had two articles about The Da Vinci Code in the “Faith and Values” section of the paper. (May 13, 2006, page D10)  The headline for one of the articles was “Can Da Vinci Code rewrite Christian history?”  That’s easy.  NO!!!  The sub headline was “truth or fiction.”  That’s easy too.  Fiction!!!  

Anyone who knows anything about the Bible knows what the Bible says is in contrast to what the book claims.  One or the other must be wrong.  Why would anyone who accepts the Bible as the Word of GOD change their mind because of a book written 2,000 years later?  The Da Vinci Code, by its own admission, is a book of fiction.    

In the article, reference is made to the fact page of the book.
The last sentence of the fact page says “All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in this novel are accurate.” (The Da Vinci Code  A Novel, Dan Brown, Doubleday, New York, © 2003, no page number was given for the fact page.)  Now, I don’t know if that statement is true or not.  It may be.  It may not be.  Just because someone claims something to be accurate does not mean it is accurate.  

However, for our purposes let us accept that the descriptions of the documents are accurate.  So what?  That does not mean that the documents are true.  And the book does not claim they are true.  All the book claims is that the descriptions of the documents are accurate.

Anyone who knows the content of the Bible knows that several of the writers of the Bible declare that there were and will be false prophets, false teachers, and false teachings.  In fact, at least two instances of falsehood are specifically mentioned.  According to the Bible, people were claiming that the disciples came at night and stole the body of JESUS.  They were claiming this because the tomb was unexplainably empty and they did not want to accept and did not want others to accept that JESUS was resurrected through the power of GOD.  From the beginning of the resurrection (actually even before that), lies were being told about JESUS by unbelievers.  Paul wrote that some were claiming that the resurrection of the dead had already occurred.  Paul refuted that claim but the claim was incorrectly being made.  

There is nothing unusual with falsehood being proclaimed in relation to GOD’S WORD!  No Christian should be misled by the unproven content of this novel!



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